No. 4. Firm: Scope Office for Architecture. Site: Walldorf, Germany. Idea: A 2,400-square-foot structure in the internal courtyard of software developer SAP merges two polygonal volumes, one being an enclosed gangway to the main building. The futuristic pavilion houses “40 Years of Future,” a year-long celebration of SAP’s 40th anniversary. Photo by Zooey Braun.
No. 5. Firm: Richard Meier & Partners Architects. Site: Bergamo, Italy. Idea: The iLab headquarters for Italcementi, one of the top concrete manufacturers in the world, is rocksolid but startlingly airy, too. The 250,000squarefoot building is constructed with a high strength, lowmaintenance reinforced concrete that Italcementi developed specifically for it. Photo by Scott Frances/Otto.
No. 6. Firm: EDG (China) Corporation. Site: Beijing, China. Idea: The 14-feet-wide pumpkin at EDG (China) Corporation is actually a meeting pod. Cinderella’s coach inspired not only the pod’s shape but also another unorthodox feature, a set of wheels. Photo by Sun Zhong Bao.
No. 20. Firm: Carlos Pedraza Arquitectos Asociados. Site: Seville, Spain. Idea: To renovate a 1965 former warehouse and storefont, Pedraza turned to a centuries-old Iberian Peninsula tradition: the interior courtyard. In fact, he removed enough roofing to create three such internal courtyards, strategically siting them to separate work and living quarters. Photo by Fernando Alda.
No. 22. Firm: Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio; Studio J; Waisler Design & Development. Site: Los Angeles, CA. Idea: A three-pronged program at a Los Angeles animation studio was achieved by renovating the 17,000-square-foot structure, a 1940’s warehouse, to include a freestanding acoustically isolated red-cedar cube—dead center inside—housing the screening and IT rooms plus two edit bays. Photo by Benny Chan/Fotoworks.
No. 25. Firm: Studio O+A. Site: Redwood City, CA. Idea: A 30,000-square-foot office for youthful tech company Reputation.com projects cheerful corporate minimalism via polished concrete flooring, exposed-bulb pendant fixtures, an up-lit white block of a reception desk, and mid century–style furniture arranged on a checkerboard patch of carpet tiles. Photo by Jasper Sanidad.
No. 31. Firm: Gensler: Site: Chicago, IL. Idea: 1871 is a 55,000-square-foot shared office space at the Merchandise Mart, a compliant shell ready for digital entrepreneurs to customize their own work areas within. As members come and go, so do the walls, courtesy of a rotating series of murals by local artists. Photo by Antuany Smith/Gensler.
No. 34. Firm: Innocad Architektur. Site: Graz, Austria. Idea: Transforming a 1950’s toy factory into a workplace for lighting manufacturer XAL, three areas now define the 20,500 square feet: two outer areas contain research, laboratory, and open office space, while the central area offers common zones including reception, a kitchen and lounges. Photo by Paul Ott.
No. 38. Firm: Barlis Wedlick Architects. Site: Ghent, NY. Idea: A recycler of electrical transformers (TCI of New York) will be headquartered in the most energy-efficient commercial building in the U.S. when completed in 2014. The 3,600-square-foot structure adheres to rigorous Passive House Institute US standards. Photo by Jeff Brink.
No. 41. Firm: Rapt Studio. Site: San Francisco, CA. Idea: Alterra asked for not only a redesigned headquarters but also a soup-to-nuts overhaul including a new name—latin for all earth. Photo by Eric Laignel.
No. 43. Firm: Gensler. Site: Los Angeles, CA. Idea: Michael White talked to us about office environments for today’s creative class like Latitude 34. "It’s a 2008 six-story building and we completely gutted it...To appeal to film, music, and gaming companies, we brought in corrugated metal, mesh screens, wood slats, and graffiti-like billboards." Courtesy of Gensler.
No. 48. Firm: RTKL Associates. Idea: Senior Vice President and chief sustainability officer Lance Hosey explores how aesthetics are linked to sustainability via a focus on beauty and joy in his book The Shape of Green, thus making community well-being quantifiable.
No. 65. Firm: Quadrangle Architects. Site: Toronto, ON, Canada. Idea: Toronto's Quadrangle Architects launched its Access Ability Advantage division in 2010, which aims to make offices accessible to those with disabilities. A collaboration with the March of Dimes Canada, today AAA is a global consultancy specializing in workplaces. Photo by Naomi Finlay.
No. 60. Firm: PDR. Site: Houston, TX. Idea: At the Allen Center, porcelain-tile flooring, Corian tabletops, and acoustical panels, all in white, brighten a windowless food court. Photo by Lawrence Lander.
No. 68. Firm: Space Matrix. Site: Singapore. Idea: This regional office for Clifford Chance conforms to a law firm's global guidelines but injects its own personality in the cafeteria via walnut and citrus accents. Photo by Owen Raggett.
No. 70. Firm: TPG Architecture. Site: New York, NY. Idea: When computer engineers work with MBAs, as at the office for open-source database company 10gen, it helps if the conference table converts for Ping-Pong. Courtesy of TPG Architecture.
No. 10. Firm: New Architects; Newtone Architects. Site: Rome, Italy. Idea: The online bank ING Direct Italia needed a banking outpost and a concept store in one. The brand’s avatar, a pumpkin, lent its shape and shade of orange for a 13-foot-long, 8-foot-high lacquered pod that sits in the middle of the 4,800-square-foot branch. Photo by Leonardo Aloi/Courtesy Of ING Direct Italia.